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rr ♪ it issing monday. monday october 8th, good to see you today. and welcome to the "full court press" here on current tv. good to have you with us this morning. got lots and lots to talk about. this week a lot of anticipation leading up to the vice presidential debate thursday night. the vice presidential debate between joe biden and paul ryan.
it's reporteded that the president called the vice president and said hey, joe, i didn't show up my for debate last week. be sure to show up for you. a lot of pressure on the vice president. and here is lisa ferguson now in los angeles. good morning. >> hey bill good morning, everybody. mitt romney has a big foreign policy speech this morning and the obama campaign is saying bring it on. romney speaks in lexington today where he is a couple of goals. one he needs to comeback in the foreign policy this year especially after he insulted several countries in his word
tour earlier this year. we are expecting him to encourage intervening in syria and avoiding defense cuts next year, and working closely with our allies like israel. and he will portray the president obama as not someone who shows enough strength. team obama is fighting back however. and the president is managing to poke a little fun at himself. here he is last night. >> obama: they just perform flaw leslie, fight after fight. i can't always say the same. >> it is the fourth time we have heard the president acknowledge his less than perfect debate
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court press" coming to you live from our nation's capitol and booming out to you on current tv and on your local progressive talk radio station. hope you had a good weekend got a chance to rest up watch some baseball, watch some football, and are ready to tackle the news of the day. of course, it is a holiday for some americans. don't ask me. well, if you work for state, local, or federal government. i guess state and local still. we know the federal government has the day off. schools are open today at least in montgomery county. so if you have got the holiday, enjoy it. if not, like the rest of us
welcome to the workday. we would be grad to take your calls. a 866-55-press 866-557-7377. having now said that we are all working today, that's not true because dan henning has decided to celebrate the day. >> yeah, he is not italian. >> but peter ogburn here. and siprion is out today too. monty is filling in for him as our video engineer. >> and you're back most importantly, you are back. >> thank you. and a great big thank you to john fugelsang and to jamal simmons for take over the driver's seat- week.
good to be back with you. the president and the first lady were back at the white house over the weekend, saturday night at least before the president took off on complain swing, and they not to celebrate their 20th anniversary. they went out for dinner at the bourbon steak restaurant here in washington, d.c. it is always interesting what restaurant they choose to go to. >> that's a good 20th anniversary restaurant. >> there are two four seasons, though, in georgetown, right? >> i don't remember. >> okay. and then the president out on the campaign trail, by the way, the day before he was in cleveland and made one of those unscheduled stops at the cleveland west side market where he looked around for something
he could take home for the girls. >> obama: i'm looking for something for the girls. all of these things look delicious. >> how about the cheesecake. >> obama: try it out. >> pumpkin cheesecake from the west side market. >> he went to -- and he said it was no coincidence he went to michelle's bakery and he said it was no coincidence. >> bill: he did take them any beer. >> he loaded up on beef jerky. >> bill: they heard. >> i have actually -- and i do once or twice a year order beef jerky from the stand he ordered from. it's czukraj market. it's the best beef jerky you'll
ever have. >> bill: maybe that's why he went to cleveland. no wonder he is ahead in ohio. >> yeah. >> bill: ryan grimm from "huffington post" is going to be coming in a little bit later, and talking to a reporter from "talking mows men [ inaudible ]." and we want to get to know the democrats aaround the country. we'll talk to two of them later this morning. but first it's peter. >> let's start at the sports desk where the washington nationals have taken an early
lead. they overcame a deaf set, and the nats held on to win. meanwhile just up the road a ways in bomber the orioles did not fair so well last night, they lost to the yankee 7-2. >> bill: the yankees are coming on strong. but the nationals they are good at pulling these ones out. >> cardiac baseball. >> bill: right. >> the washington football team suffered another loss. they took an early lead and kept i competitive until rg-3 was hit so hard that it knocked him out of the game. he required stitches.
he went back to the locker room. he did tweet out later that he would return for next week's game. kurt cousins entered for rg-3 and literally threw the game away. >> bill: nats win, redskins loose. >> that's it. >> bill: i tried to buy tickets for both games next week -- >> no luck. >> bill: yeah. sold out. i went for thursday how many tickets you want? and i said two. and they said we don't have that many tickets. i wasn't going to just by one. >> stay away from the stadium. you cannot go. >> bill: i'm convinced they will be okay.
>> and do we have another problem with the iphone? a remember we had the dropped phone calls that came with the unveils of the iphone 4. now there might be a new problem. there is a purplishing tent in pictures. will apple address this as humbly as they did with other issue? don't hold your breath. >> bill: i pulled this out on the plane and a guy said oh is that the new iphone. i pulled it out at a bar, and
somebody said, oh is that the new iphone. great pick up line. >> that's right. [ laughter ] >> bill: let's start out with the issue this morning. the first presidential debate watched by 70 million americans. so what are people talking about today? are they still talk about differences on job, on economy, on health care? uh-huh. no. no. no. the number one issue that has taken hold more written about, more spoken about more than any other issue is big bird. yes, indeed. we remember mitt romney pressed to say, okay now look you say you are going to cut all of these programs. let's get real. give us one example of programs you are going to cut. >> romney: i'm sorry, i'm going
to stop the subsidy to pbs, i like big bird, i actually like you too. >> bill: oh boy. it's so stupid just so stupid to lay that out there. this has been a classic republican attack line going way back. i remember when newt gingrich was speaker his number one issue, number one issue as speaker of the house of representatives was to cut all funding for pbs and big bird and all of the rest on sesame street. it never went anywhere. and you know why it's not going to go anywhere? because big bird is too popular and doesn't cost much money. if you are alive, right? you know pbs and enjoy pbs, if
you have ever had kids or grandkids or whatever age kids you grew up with sesame street. 91% of american families tune into pbs sometime during the year. 91% of american families. mitt romney wants to cut it out? 81% of all kids between the ages of two and eight grow up with sesame street. 81%. that's enormous. there is the nobody better known than cookie monster, elmo, and big bird. ♪ do, do do elmo's song ♪ >> i still have dreams about it.
>> bill: and then the amount spent on it it is .00012% of the -- of last year's federal budget. that amounts to $1.35 per american family. i'm sorry, dammit i'll pay for a thousand american families to watch it. it's ridiculous and the idea that you are going to take something that is so popular, that is so damn good that is so meaningful, and cut it out just shows a lot about -- i think how totally -- first of all how mitt romney is willing to pander any time to the right-wing in any way possible. and it shows how totally out of touch he is with the american people. the big bird himself by the
way -- i would love your comments on this because i know you watch it you are grown up with it, or grown up with it with your kids 866-55-press. big bird went on "saturday night live," big bird himself, not somebody playing bird bird was asked think seth myers who it went like to be the feature of the presidential debate. >> just a few days ago i would blend in with any other 8-foot tall talking bird. >> do you have a political position? >> no, i don't want to ruffle any feathers.
but i do have a joke. >> sure. >> you know who loves debates? defishes you get it? >> yeah, i get it. >> bill: president obama is raising it at almost every speech. here is the president over the weekend. >> bill: when he was asked what he would actually do to cut spending, he said he would go after public television. [ laughter ] >> obama: so for all of you moms and kids out there, don't worry, somebody is finally cracking down on big bird. elmo has made a run for the border. [ laughter ] >> obama: governor romney plans to let wall street run wild but he is bringing the hammer down
on sesame street. >> bill: great line. 866-55-press. it is crazy, but again romney totally out of touch and yes, as the president says he will ease up on wall street but crack down on sesame street. let's talk about it 866-55-press. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." ♪ (vo) what is said here could decide the election. current tv presents coverage of the vice presidential debate. with unrivaled analysis and commentary. >> was this the game changer? is this going to change the dynamic? (vo) the only network with real-time reaction straight from the campaigns and from viewers like you. >> so keep on tweeting and maybe you'll have your voice be part of this democracy and see your tweets up on our screen. >>now that's politically direct.
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spending -- by the way he denies it, but the president has proven that that is exactly what his plan is, but he is not going to add to the deficit. so how are you going together cut that $5 trillion in revenue, mitt romney, well, he says i'm going to get rid of pbs. somebody quickly did the math what is $435 million, what percentage is that of $5 trillion. it's a joke. a joke. sick joke. ronnie is calling from phoenix, arizona. >> caller: good morning, how are you doing? >> bill: good. >> caller: my question is i was a voter back in 2008. i voted for obama at that time. my question is i'm kind of baffled -- i don't understand that mr. romney came out and basically said a lot of stuff that didn't relate to what he
was actually talking about. so the point is now -- the media where are they so not calling the thanks he stated the things he should have said i'm going to have that $5 trillion tax cut. i understand that obama had a bad debate, didn't do what he was supposed to do but mr. romney lied. >> bill: you are absolutely right. again, i compared romney's debate performance to the ryan speech in tampa. it was a good performance but it was packed with lies. i think the entire media was focusing on stage craft and performance or entertainment or acting ability and not on the substance of what they said. on the substance of what he
said mitt romney simply did not tell the truth about the $5 million, about health care, about a whole lot of stuff. kevin in chicago, kevin getting rid of big bird good idea? >> caller: yeah, my granddaughter is four years old, so i'm ul up to speed on big bird. and it brings back memories of when my kids were young. >> bill: same here. >> caller: it is just an example of the crap that comes out of his mouth. they don't realize the value of putting something on tv for the kids to watch -- >> bill: and learn, yeah. >> caller: and the whole industry that has spawned off of it of the kids toy, and everything -- >> bill: you got it.
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goiam.org. so it's columbus day. who cares? 2012. we're here taking your calls about big bird at 866-55-press. go to our chat room and join the chat room with whether you are a radio listener or tv watcher and on our website at "bill press "bill press show" "bill press show" -- billpressshow.com. "the obama hate machine" is now out. if you want a signed copy go to my website, and tell us how you want it signed and we'll get it out to right away. back to big bird. the point -- the other point i wanted to make about it before we get back to your calls is it
boils down to a question of priorities, like in any with a budget. the budget reflects what your policy choices are, what your priorities for spending are, and certainly it seems to me that what is important for the federal government is not just buying more bombs and dropping more bombs and more gun ships or -- or bomber planes or fighter planes or whatever it's not just more tax breaks for the wealthiest of americans, it's not just more subsidies for farmers and oil companies and gas companies, certainly public broadcasting, don't you think that's an important part of our lives that is worth spending a little bit of money on. like money for parks, schools, new highways and bridges? yeah, would certainly keep pbs
on the list. mitt romney would get rid of it. kevin said just before the break, the number of jobs associated with sesame street. i mean they are booming. the people who make all of those toys and all of those products. it is a huge industry. american-made. no, mitt romney, destroy all of that. here is marie in east grand rapids, michigan. hi, marie. >> caller: hi i have a dog in the background sorry about that. >> bill: that's fine. welcome to the show. >> caller: you kind of stole my thunder because that's the point i was going to make. if you get rid of big bird which is a socially important program, what else are you going to get rid of that is socially important and relatively low
cost, and yet keep the bombs. >> bill: yeah, marie it is a matter of priority. when i write my tax check i don't get to say you can spend it for this but not that and i know part of my money is going to go for things that i can't like. that's true whether you are liberal or conservative. you just have to accept that. but i want some things on that list that i do like that i do support, and i don't want to continue. the problem is the republicans would keep all of the military hardware, right, and get rid of everything else. betty is in albuquerque, new mexico. >> caller: good morning, bill. chipping away at sesame is emblematic of what is happening all over this country with republican officials. and americans really need to pay attention to what is going on in
their communities, towns, and cities. our republican mayor who was elected with something like a 42% mandate, if you will the first thing he did when he came to office was eliminate the education channel, teachers in albuquerque has used to help form late their curriculums. this is happening everywhere. >> bill: and you see, betty, i think the point you are making he didn't -- whoever the mayor is, didn't do that to save money. he did it because he doesn't believe in it and doesn't think it's important. >> caller: you are absolutely right, sir. >> bill: and it is the same thing with pbs. first of all it is never going to happen. you can't stick your finger in the eye of 91% of american families. but were he to do it it only
be -- it wouldn't save any money. wouldn't notice. it's not even a blip on the screen, the budget for pbs. he would only do it because they don't believe in matters of the soul. ike is calling from charlston, south carolina. hi, ike, what is up. >> caller: hey bill the big tv star, how are ya buddy? >> bill: good what is going on. >> caller: on of any other tv channel that would give general petraus so have a discussion back and forth -- i don't have cable, brother i'm one of the 47%. and so if i don't have cable, guess what i don't get?
news from china, germany there's a reason they want to kill that channel, and that's because they don't like the truth. >> bill: that's a good point. even though jim lehrer didn't do a great job at the debate, it is an important show, and right down the middle is about as unfox as you can get. >> caller: and don't worry about obama, he is going to take him down at the next debate brother. >> caller: good to see you man. you make me realize how much i miss charleston. what we were down there for? oh, the republican primary. [ laughter ] >> you got it. >> caller: we were there with steven colbert and herman cain.
>> that's right. >> bill: larry is in rochester, new york. we're talking about pbs, what do you say, larry? >> caller: i think the whole thing is ridiculous. my grandchildren watch pbs and big bird. and i had some new neighbors move in, and when they first moved in they could talk no english, they watch sesame street all the time and their english has now become excellent. you can understand them with no problem. >> bill: you can say that about millions and millions of american kids, not just immigrants, right in they learn their numbers, letters, learn concepts, right? and it's -- it's fun to watch, but it's an educational program.
right? >> caller: yeah, the mother's english is very poor, even she is learning from the kids by watching pbs. >> bill: there you go. i think the bottom line is, larry that is this just something that mitt romney is not interested in. he never met a tax cut he didn't like, and never met a piece of military hardware that the didn't like he never met a subsidy for the big oil companies that he didn't like. but anything to do with middle class familiars, get rid of it. 91% of american families watch pbs at some point in the year and many young viewers grew up on sesame street.
there you go. but mitt romney wants to get rid of it. we're going to visit with ryan grimm when we come back on the "full court press." >> announcer: radio meets television, the "bill press show." now on current tv. ♪ like you. >> so keep on tweeting and maybe you'll have your voice be part of this democracy and see your tweets up on our screen. >>now that's politically direct.
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on current tv. >> bill: here we go. 14 minutes now before the top of the hour. i thought one of the best pieces of video that went around after the debate last wednesday night was a picture of big bird on the set with a sign saying will work for food. people had -- had a lot of fun with that. the other big political news we're going to talk about this in the next hour are the jobs report that came out on friday. for the first time since he took office -- since president obama took office the jobs report unemployment rate down below 8%. it started around 10%, and has gradually gone down. which does show again that the stimulus worked that the auto
bailout worked. that the president's economic plan is working, and we are on our way back and i think that is something like 30 straight months of near -- near 30 if the no 30 straight months of positive jobs growth. so we are still living in the aftermath of the -- first presidential debate last wednesday, and living in anticipation of the vice president debate here to help us sort things out. ryan grim. hello, ryan, good morning. nice to talk to you again. >> good to talk to you. >> bill: the one issue that seems to linger from the debate is not jobs, health care or the
economy, but big bird, right? he seems to be getting most of the commentary. >> when i heard that actually during the debate that -- that that was going to have the potential to kind of last the longest of anything being said that night, it was clear obama was going to get the pail handed to him in general, but that kind of thing is just the kind of thing that really has kind of short legs and [ inaudible ], so to speak. and sure enough it is the kind of thing. if you are going to talk to your friends or coworkers about the debate. hey, obama really got beat, didn't he. and then what next? isn't that funny what he said about big bird. what is wrong with this guy?
that's the kind of thing that i think it's easy for regular people to relate to. >> bill: exactly. because kids have watched it or they have watched it as kids and it is such a classic republican throw-away line. i remember newt gingrich when he was speaker, right? that was his number one legislative priority. we're going to get funding for pbs and it never happens. it is too popular, and doesn't save that much money. >> and they don't understand how important it is to parents, more importantly -- >> bill: yeah, right. >> you plot the kids down in front of sesame street and you get 20 minutes, 30 minutes off out of a day where you are like on constantly. >> bill: yeah. >> so it just shows
unless -- for families that have five nannies, they night understand the value of that little tiny break. >> bill: another way of showing how he doesn't relate to average families. did romney get -- what do the polls show? did he get any bounce out of the presidential debate? >> it is looking that way, sure. the first polled a little bit -- the other ones are starting to tickle out, showing a little bit of movement in his way. these are bounces, though which is why they call them bounces. it is already coming back down -- the polls were moving in romney's direction a few days before the debate kind of that natural, kind of movement of polls post convention and this certainly accelerated it. so the jobs numbers probably
helped slow the obama fall but now we move into another week people will be talking about biden, and then a couple of more with romney and obama. >> bill: yeah, i was surprised and impressed, i guess that obama proved -- so he didn't have a good night, we all know that, but i thought he bounced back pretty quickly the next day. he has been having a lot of fun with the big bird line. and it showed a lot of resilience, i thought, and as you point out the job numbers came on friday which gave him another little boost, cutting the impact of any romney bounce. >> yeah he has an incredible amount of fire and energy when it is his back up against the wall. >> bill: yeah. >> it's almost like he puts
himself in positions like that so that he can get excited about politics again. he obviously didn't want to be on that stage, wednesday night. you could just tell he was like, god, 90 minutes. i'm just going to stand here for 90 minutes and let this guy say stuff, and then he sees that the entire nation is mocking him, and then he gets fired up. his aids were talking about the way you could see he was gripping the podium. it is a telltale sign that they could see his entire body language had changed. so that's -- that's something that the campaign has going for it the last month. >> bill: so now it's up to joe biden, right, to win the day and turn things around and get
momentum back -- >> yeah. the right was whipping around a photo of biden -- you know some goofy photo of biden saying don't worry lefty, your ace is warming up in the bullpen. [ laughter ] >> bill: thank you so much for ryaning us ryan. look forward to getting you back in the studio soon. 866-55-press you know our toll-free number. and we'll be right back on the "full court press." >> announcer: this is the "bill press show" ♪ prestigious rush limbaugh's worst nightmare award. i don't think you knew that.
>> announcer: taking your emails on any topic, at anytime. this is the "bill press show," live on your radio, and current tv. >> bill: yeah how about it. president obama got osama bin laden, bit bit is going to get big bird. steve said when mitt romney said he loved big bird didn't it remind you of oj saying he loved nicole? oh, ow. why don't mitt romney's sons' work? do all rich republican kids -- is their job to mooch
[♪ theme music ♪] >> bill: good morning, everybody. it is -- top of the hour here. this is the "full court press" on monday -- monday october 8th. coming to you live on current tv and bringing you the news of the day. and of course taking your calls at 866-55-press. good to have you was today. hope you have a great weekend, ready to tackle the big stories of the day. and yeah we talk a lot of politics coming out of
washington, d.c. but politics is buzzing all about sports you'll have to pardon us because yesterday the nats beat the cardinals. it is the first post season game won by a washington, d.c. team since 1973. now let's say good morning to lisa ferguson. good morning. >> hey, bill i thought you were going to say it was saturday. and i started to wonder what i was doing here. the democrats are doing quite well on the campaign trail this week. mr. obama arrived in los angeles yesterday where he held a high-roller fund raiser.
bill press was along for the ride, and guests like katy perry, and stevie wonder performed. and jeffery cattenberg has given at least $2 million to the obama super pac priorities usa. today he holds several events in san francisco. he should raise about $10 million. and that comes after a record month in september of $181 million. he is taking the chance to slam mitt romney for his tax proposals. romney is newly promising not to raise any taxes on the middle class, but the reality is middle class families will likely be picking up the tab. romney's post debate polls are giving him quite a choose.
the president is now leading by just three points. he was ahead by six during his peak. more coming up after the break. and we are live in chat. commentary. >> was this the game changer? is this going to change the dynamic? (vo) the only network with real-time reaction straight from the campaigns and from viewers like you. >> so keep on tweeting and maybe you'll have your voice be part of this democracy and see your tweets up on our screen. >>now that's politically direct.
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[♪ theme music ♪] >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation, on your radio, and on current tv. this is the "bill press show." >> bill: did you hear? it's over. the president has won reelection! president hugo chavez that is. yeah. reelected for a third term. another six years and everybody said he was going to lose. this shows nothing is certain in politics. good morning, everybody what do you say? it is good to see you.
it is monday october 8th, so good to see you today. thank you for joining us. the "full court press" coming to you live across this great land of yours, coast-to-coast. in every nook and cranny of america, we are there with you on your local progressive talk radio station and on current tv. and good to have you with us. appreciate very much. you are a very important part of the program, and we would love to here from you on the events of the day at 866-55-press. give us your take on the news of the day. take advantage of that toll-free line at 866-557-7377. we have the team in place lead of course by peter ogburn. dan henning has the day off, and
siprion off this week on special assignment. monty is filling in for him as our videographer for the vehicle. good to have him on board as well. couple of trips to tell you about. first of all, i'm very excited to get back to ashville north carolina. this friday anywhere in the mountains of north carolina western colorado anywhere within striking distance come on buy, i'm going to be there with the whole gang from 880 revolution. it will be a lot of fun. always is when we go to ashville, and we'll be talking about politics of the day. the right after vice presidential debate, and i'll be signing copies of my new book "the obama hate machine," and
then i'm going to be on with joy behar, who will say anything as we know on current tv tonight at 6:00 eastern, 3:00 pacific, and replace at 9:00 eastern. i love joy behar and this will be my first time on her show. but peter, i'm a little worried. >> yeah. >> bill: because i noticed this from the new york daily news this morning. an expert has analyzed the air quality in new york city. >> okay. >> bill: it says with every breath you take in new york city, you are breathing in a bizarre brew of bacteria poll listen clothing fiber tire rubber, dead skin cells, cooking
fat, carbon myings spores poll listens, tiny bits of glass, starch and fat. >> good lord. >> bill: all of that in one breath of air in new york >> bill: can you imagine? >> that's terrible. >> bill: i think i'm going to get one of those masks -- >> yeah or gargle with purel when you leave the city. >> bill: here in washington all we breathe in is money. >> yeah, right. >> bill: we're going to talk to stephanie brown, and two members -- two democratic candidates for congress patrick murphy from florida, and joe mclosey from colorado. but first --
>> announcer: this is the "full court press." >> here is what is happening. there is a fungus among us. 70 people have dayed as a result of an unusual type of fungal meningitis. the cdc is urging anyone who has had for injections for back pain to watch for the symptoms which includes stiff neck and balance problems. >> bill: i saw that on the news. >> yeah scary stuff. the nationals are up one game to nothing. the nats held on to beat the cardinals 3-2. the orioles fell to the yankees last night. the tigers are up two games --
>> bill: they are red hot. >> they are red hot as are the cincinnati reds up two games on the giants. america's favorite six year old, 8-foot tall talking big, big bard stopped in on saturday night line. he didn't comment on the mitt romney comment saying he didn't want to ruffle any feathers. the real big bird. >> bill: mitt romney really stepped it in when he went after big bird. yes, indeed president obama out on the campaign trail again today. we'll out on the west coast and will be doing three campaign
events. visiting mostly the swing states but once in a while you have to stop by a cash rich state like san francisco to help roll up the numbers, and also help the democratic congressional candidates. we start off this hour by stepping out to talk about the obama campaign with one important constituency. steveny brown is the national african american vote director joining us this morning. hi, testifyny. good to talk to you. >> hi, bill. thanks for having me on. >> bill: i have a friend of a friend story, right, who is the african american director for the romney campaign. he told me that his friend is not very busy stephanie; that there's no much outreach in the
romney campaign. how are things looking for president president obama? >> well, we are definitely busy on this side of things. we're continuing to work in our communities -- >> bill: not taking anything for granted? >> absolutely not. i know there's talk about the african american community turning out for president obama, but we're make sure registration is happening before election day. >> bill: i know there are efforts to restrict voting for particularly poor and people of color, but we heard news out of
ohio which is pretty good news for america. tell us about that. >> yeah, we're really excited about the decision in ohio that confirms that we can have early voting in ohio. at the end of the day we want to expand access for everyone to have access to the polls, so we are continuing to make sure the community is educated about the issues. you can vote now in ohio. we now have what is called [ inaudible ] week, where tomorrow is the last day you with register and vote at the same time at the county board of elections. so we want to continue to drum home, vote as early as possible. >> bill: just so all of our
viewers and listeners understand, the secretary in state in ohio wanted to shut down early voting for the last three days before the election except for members of the military, and the federal appeals court said that that was invalid, basically, and said that if members of the military can vote those last three days then everybody else ought to be ail to vote. why limit the voting to just one group of people? >> well, you know, you may have to have him on your show bill so ask him exactly why he thought that was a good idea. but we're focused and happy that those are the veterans and ohio will have the opportunity to vote early. through the weekend and also the
monday before the election which was almost not a possibility. so we're excited that we're focused on making sure they understand what their rights are, and knowing what the rules require of them now. >> bill: in some of these other state there have been i think -- what was it 21, 22 states, where there were various forms of attempts to suppress the vote. and yet, in several states the judges have said no we're not going to do that. where we on that? >> in pennsylvania the voter id law would not have been at least an item to help get people to the polls, and in florida a
judge issues a -- we have seen from florida, ohio nevada colorado, we have seen situations where the judges have stood on the side of the american people on this. we have a great website that's called gottovote.com, which tells state by state information that voters need to be ail to access the polls, and what requirements are. many states have registration deadlines this week. especially tomorrow is the last day where you can register to vote. >> bill: that's a very, very
important. and what is the website? got gotta gottavote.com. >> yes gottatovote.com. >> bill: i like that. and stephanie i want to mention again for all of our viewers and listeners that on our website, billpressshow.com, we have a link rockthevote.com. and you can register to vote right on our website. we have been doing that and urging people to sign up right away. so they can -- they don't even
have to leave home right? just click on rock the vote from our website, billpressshow.com and you are register right-on line. so we're doing what we can too, stephanie, in joining you. >> thanks so much bill. 29 days left to go. thanks for having me on. >> bill: absolutely. >> announcer: heard about the country and seen on current tv this is the "bill press show." (vo) always outspoken, now unleashed, joy behar. >> on my next show, i'll talk to tyne daly. she won the prestigious rush limbaugh's worst nightmare award. i don't think you knew that.
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>> announcer: this is the "bill press show," live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: all right. 25 minutes after the hour. we're going to talk jobs, jobs jobs, the latest job numbers in the next segment here. the "full court press." right now a couple of political notes to bring you up to date with, yes, indeed. president hugo chavez winning a third time yesterday. another six-year term. everything i saw in anticipation of this election in venezuela, said that chavez was going to lose. the challenger was very strong. there were huge crowds turning out to vote yesterday, nbc us in had jorge ramos who was
basically saying it is all over for chavez, but he pulled out another win. there is also continuing talk about analysis of why president obama did not appear stronger and perform better in last week's presidential debate. david axelrod was on yesterday, and he gave the latest, which is that the president was just taken aback by how brazen mitt romney was. he was so stunned by all of the lies that mitt romney was telling that he just was in a daze, you know? just -- which is -- welcome to the spin room, shall we say, right? >> yeah. >> bill: of course that's not as bad as the claim someone else made, that it was that the
altitude might have affected his performance. >> bill: sure. sure. todd akin we remember him, republican senate candidate who told an interviewer who asked him about abortion in the case of rape or incest todd akin said no, that's not a problem because women know when they are being raped and just reject those sperm. >> first of all from what i understand from doctors. if it's a legitimate rape the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down. i think there should be some punishment but it taught be for the rapist. >> bill: claire mccaskill is
ahead by about six points. but all of those republicans have now said that as long as they can remain close they are going to put some money in after all. and i heard from my sister who lives in delaware that she -- a registered republican actually got a call from mike huckabee a recorded message saying that todd akin is a good man, and that mike huckabee has forgiven him for what he said and god has forgiven him, therefore, it issing important that republicans all over the country donate money to help todd akin. i am glad to tell you that her sister told that caller that she
♪ >> announcer: radio meets television. the "bill press show." now on current tv. >> bill: it's 33 minutes after the hour. this is the "full court press" on a monday morning, october 8th, good to see you today. thank you so much for joining us here. we are coming to you live from our nation's capitol from our
studio here on capitol hill. brought to you today by the international brotherhood of teamsters under president jim hoffa, building a better america, and you can find out more about their great work by going to their website, www.teamster.org. let's talk jobs. president obama -- well the labor department reporting on friday, that for the month of september, there were 114,000 new jobs creates, which is not great, great, great, a great number, but it is positive jobs growth. i think that makes 30 straight months of jobs growth in the private sector. but the really big news was that the unemployment rate dropped
from 8.1% to 7.8%. that's significant because it's the first time in his presidency that a president -- that president obama has been in office that the job rate been below 8.8%. it was 10% when he took office in january 2009 and has been kind of inching down ever since, but -- so much for mitt romney's kind of mantra that he uses in every speech ten straight months of unemployment over 8% can't say that anymore. so it took the wind out of his sails, and it still means that the average for 2012 has been
146,000 new jobs a month. president obama and mitt romney both very quick to talk about these job numbers. president obama saying, you know, this -- we still have got a way to go, but it proves we are going in the right direction and we can't go back to the policies of the past. >> obama: today's news certainly is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has become too far to turn back now. >> bill: indeed. the president in a campaign event this california talked moyer about these numbers. >> obama: the unemployment rate has fallen down to 7.8% the
lowest since i took office. [ cheers ] >> bill: the president can take credit for 4.3 million jobs created in this country since february 2010, 4.1 million jobs were lost in the last year of the bush presidency so president obama as in fact made up for all of the jobs lost under george w. bush -- made up for all of the jobs losted under president bush and adds jobs on top of that. there is no doubt about it that the president can take credit for creating jobs where mitt romney never did. the headline in the "new york times," obama's jobs number
still beats his predecessor. 866-55-press. a long way to go still, unemployment is still too high. there are a lot of public sector jobs being cut because of budget cuts, but the private sector remains strong. manufacturing jobs are starting to come back and president obama bring jobs back to this country. the obama economy is working. it's just taking longer than any of us would like. the times last wednesday, this headline from the "new york times," auto sales, the highest
in five years. the fiscal cliff is still looming, but those worries don't seem to be slowing down auto sales. autos flew off the hot at the highest rate in four years. 1.9 million cars, trucks and suvs sold in the united states in september, up 13% from last year -- then same period a year ago. that gets us up to probably 15 million vehicles being sold -- new cars and trucks sold this year in the united states. again, proving that the auto bailout, which mitt romney opposed, remember he preferred just letting our auto industry
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the top of the hour. we're talking good jobs numbers coming out on friday which certainly bolsters the case for the president's message that the economy is recovering we're on the right track, and we can't afford to go in the opposite direction. forward not backward. your call are welcome at 866-55-press. but first here is one of those stories they noticed because i was once a victim of identity theft. a woman stole another women's identity and more than $21,000 over the last two years, the alleged victim was contacted regarding past-due payments to water and cable companies. the respect used her money to buy vehicles and open bank
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don't expect mitt romney to say anything positive at all. in fact here is what mitt romney said -- now, remember -- unemployment going from 8.1% down to 7.8%. first time in four years it's under 8%. here is what mitt romney says the report is all about. >> romney: there were fewer new jobs created this month than last month. >> bill: yeah, that's the point. but it's crazy what he said the craziest thing said about the numbers was jack welsh former head of ge who said i smell a conspiracy; that the obama campaign deliberately doctored these jobs numbers, came up with this report in order to help
obama in this last month before the election. this is like donald trump and the birther thing, right? this is like saying all of the pollsters are on the payroll of the obama campaign. jack welch, okay he is a conservative, but you still thought of him as still a pretty reasonable guy right? >> i always did yeah. he used to play golf with bill clinton. but now he's a whacko. yeah, that the obama campaign could actually doctor these numbers? come on. just accept the fact! it's working. peter is calling from miami. >> caller: hey, bill last week i wanted to talk to you when you were talking about obama and his
performance, and one of the things i wanted to say is what would they have been saying if he would have been on the aggressive side, would they be saying there's the angry black guy? >> bill: you know that's what some people would have said for sure. >> caller: absolutely. but i was reading an article about the score for the obama, the deficit going down. >> bill: yeah and they always try to take the good news and turn it into bad news. >> caller: i know it's crazy. but back to the debate peter. it was not the president's best night. and certainly he has bounced back from that. >> caller: he didn't have to do that bad -- not that i thought he did bad at all but it's just
that it is a no-win situation. >> bill: yeah hold on just one second -- yeah. i want to grab something here. the other thing i have noticed now in the post debate season is more and more people are starting to look at what romney said and how it just doesn't add up. we have talked about that on the taxes. he said i never asked for $5 trillion in tax cuts, and he i'm going to take care of it by closing loop holes, and he has never said what it was except getting rid of bird big. he said i learned early on you have to sit down with democrats and republicans, and we worked all the time across the aisle. the "new york times" said they were fighting like cats and dogs
when he was governor. and he accomplished almost nothing. so his claim of getting things done in massachusetts doesn't add up at all, and when he said the schools were one in massachusetts because he was such a strong supporter of education, they were number one thanks to the reforms put in by the republican governor put in place before romney even took office. on the job numbers here is ana calling from miami, florida. how are you? >> caller: hi, mr. press, how are you? >> bill: it's bill. but go ahead. >> caller: the republicans would love us to forget about
mr. bush. matter of fact they have him in hiding. >> bill: right. >> caller: and i wonder why? why do they not want us to remember him? [ inaudible ]. >> bill: i'll tell you one reason, because i just mentioned the jobs. if you talk about the jobs, and you can count on the republicans to create jobs no you can't, if you look at george bush's record. if you talk about republicans that you can count on them to keep this country safe oh no you can't. and you can count on them to keep the peace and keep this country out of war. oh, know you can't when you look at george bush and cheney.
i think you are right. they do have him in hiding. patrice calling from oakland, california. >> caller: good morning, bill -- >> bill: hey, sorry about the as out there. >> caller: yeah, there's always next time. we got to try a little harder. here is the thing -- one of the things i have talked to a couple of friends about is on the performance at the debate if obama had brought up the 47%, i believe this would have given romney an opening to explain why he said that, and things would have even went more in his direction. er i'm not saying that obama shouldn't have stepped up and
fought like he should have but i think romney was prepared to address a lot of the flip flops. but then to have these jobs numbers come out on friday this kind of throws the whole talk about that mitt romney had -- >> bill: yeah 8%. >> caller: right. in the next debate joe biden is going to kick butt no doubt about that. but the townhall debates is a little bit more obama comfort zone. >> bill: yeah i agree with that patrice. look, we all have bad nights and bad days. some of my columns and shows are better than others and the president -- i just think you don't have to analyze it anymore
than that. he had a bad night, and the more we look at what mitt romney said in all of his lies the better -- the better obama looks, and you are right. we know him. he is a fighter when his back is against the wall. and mitt romney had one good night out of the entire year. we'll give him one good night. he is still going to lose. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." ♪ ♪ >>only on current tv. dose of politics from a fresh perspective. >>i'm a slutty bob hope. the troops love me. >>only on current tv.
>> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >> bill: all right. president obama on the west coast spending a night in las vegas, and then he moves only to bakersville this morning. he is traveling up to the town of keen where caesar chavez lived and is buried . giving an important address to the latino community. then on to san francisco where he will speak at three different fund raisers this evening, one at 4:00 then 7:15 and then 9:40 pm tonight in san francisco. busy day. we will come back here with more on the "full court press" stay around, another hour to go.
the [♪ theme music ♪] >> bill: good morning, everybody. what do you say? good to see you today and welcome to the "full court press" here on current tv this monday morning october 8th, great to have you on board. we have got a lot to talk about, we'll bring you the issues and news of the day, and talk your comments at 866-55-press. a lot of anticipation for the second big debate this week. this time the vice president debate between joe biden and
paul ryan. reportedly the president called the vice president over the weekend and say, hey, joe, i forgot to show up fore my debate last week, be sure to show up for yours. we'll talk about that and a whole lot more here but first we start out as always getting the latest. hi lisa. >> good morning, everybody. the vice president debate is this week. the new york times is reporting that last week a full ten minutes before the debate was over, the obama campaign was already hopping a conference call to rework the campaign strategy. bide sen in a three-day debate right now with nothing else on
his schedule. he is prepping the attack lines that we did not hear from president obama last week and reading the book "young guns" which paul ryan cowrote. the president missed some glaring opportunities to call romney out on his lies and sudden changes in policy so we didn't expect biden to jump into attack mode yes, even more than usual this week. and the todd akin fallout is not just in missouri. democrats all across the country are jumping on his legitimate rape remarks in an effort to win their own tickets. take a look at the ad banning abortion funding except in the
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[ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >> bill: yep, michele bachmann takes the american flag down. >> bill: it's all over. the president has been reelected. that's president hugo chavez reelected for a third term. another six years. i'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. good morning, everybody, what do you say good to see you, this is the "full court press" coming to you live on current tv and on your local progressive talk radio station. great to see you today.
hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the new week. and the news for the day, it is columbus day, holiday for some federal employees but not for most of us. we're at work today. so good to have you with us today. we'll be glad to take your calls today too as always at 866-55-press. evan mcmorris torro is in studio for the first half of this hour. >> thanks for having me. >> bill: thank you for joining our team. peter ogburn is here. and dan henning has the day off. siprion is on special assignment
this week. monty is filling in for siprion as our videographer bringing you all of the -- the team keeping it going. and i'm back. >> i love how dan's ethnicity changes with the holidays. >> bill: yeah. he took pelosky ta off too. >> i have a double last name i have take them all off. [ laughter ] >> bill: it stops at tpm, you got to keep going. [ laughter ] >> bill: so peter -- >> yes indeed. >> bill: politicians just often just make fools of themselves nobody more so it seems that paul brown down in georgia. he was asked over the
weekend -- he is real born-again and he believes every single word of the bible should be taken literally, so he was asked about evolution the other day. here is his comment. >> all of that stuff that is talked about in evolution, in reality, big bank theory all of that is lies straight from the pit of hell. >> get the hell out of my house in jesus name i pray! >> bill: it's all lies right out of the pit of hell and he went on to talk about what he believes about creation. >> i believe created in six days as we know them. that's what the bible says. >> that will be on my pray list
until the day i die. >> bill: that idiot -- he'll probably get reelected. >> yeah. what was interesting about that story is that brown serves on the science committee which is also known lately by todd akin. >> bill: yes i guess the republican approach is who gets appointeded to the science committee are the biggest idiots. >> and i think brown is also a medical doctor. >> i think you are right. >> bill: that's scary. this is meet the candidate's week on "full court press."
patrick murphy against allen west in florida, and joe mcklosi out in colorado. but first -- >> here is what is making news. this is a [ inaudible ] the washington nationals have taken an early lead against the st. louis cardinals. tyler drove in two runs making the store 3-2, and they held on to make that the final score. nats take on the cardinals in game two today. and the orioles losing to the yankees last night. 7-2, and the tigers over the as up two games in that series as well. >> bill: tigers are on fire but
so are the nationals. >> keep hope alive. keep hope alive. >> bill: it's the first post season game won by a washington baseball team since 1923. >> wow. >> bill:. >> and the football team suffered yet another sad loss at the hands of the falcons. they took an early lead until star quarterback was hit so hard that it knocked him out of the game. he had to get stitches and did not return to the game. kurt cousins entered the game and literally threw the game away. the nats won, the redskins lost all is right with the world. i know more people watched the redskins game than the nationals
game. >> bill: i'm sure. >> yeah. liam neeson won the weekend box office with "taken ii." i saw a movie over the weekend "frankenwean." it was pretty cool. >> did the kids handle it okay? >> there were some scary parts actually -- and think four year old had no problem with it. my seven year old was a little scared, but he has a baby and has no taste in movie. >> bill: i saw "the master" yesterday. joaquim phoenix one of my
favorite actors anyway he and then philip seymour hoffman who is one of my favorite actors too. the two of them unbelievable performance. >> i agree. i loved it. >> bill: the movie, i thought sucked. cinematography beautiful, i just thought it was too long. >> i haven't built up the courage to see it yet. i heard it was difficult. >> it is long. >> bill: if you want toe see phenomenal acting, the two of them, yeah. so i don't think it will be a box office winner but -- >> up against frankenweany it may be hard. >> bill: that's right. this month is debate month, and it looks like all the talk is
going to be about one debate or the next. and the spill over from the first debate. we're still in the middle of it right? >> big time. we saw today where the obama advisors are talking about how obama hasn't fully processed what happened in denver. he is not ready to laugh about it yet although he saw him laugh about it the other night. but he is still processing it, and they are trying to figure out what to do. we saw in the denver debate that romney has zingers and lines, and now we're hearing the same thing about biden. >> bill: they said romney was going to after obama and say you are not telling the truth, you are lying, and that's exactly what romney did where he came
with a game plan and obama didn't. which wasn't fatal. >> right. >> so now it's the same sort of anticipation even maybe more so because the narrative is biden has to save the day. >> that's right. but do you feel like nbc, the ryan/biden debate was always more anticipated. all of the conservatives want to have ryan go out there and fight with his sort of wonry.
and go up against joe biden who is always a good debater. >> bill: yes, i'm a big biden debate debater. last year it was biden better be careful hah not be too mean on that lady. >> right. and now he has to be as mean as possible, and bring in all of the facts, and be strong at the same time. so it's a lot of pressure. >> i think tim pawlenty will make all of the arguments that he made in tampa, and i hope joe biden says wait a minute there you go again. if he mentions the $716 billion i hope biden rips him in shreds
on that. >> yeah, we haven't seen a lot of reporting of what happened with that, but romney came out with changes in his policies, and even newt gingrich said he had changed his tax policy so maybe the obama campaign needs to be more prepared for that thing than they seemed to be ready for in denver. >> bill: right. now the one issue that seems to have legs from last week's debate is not jobs or economy or health care, but big bird. [ laughter ] >> bill: this leg has legs, right -- >> yeah, long ones orange ones. >> bill: right. this is something that strikes a chord, and the president has certainly been having fun with this on the road. here he was at a big campaign
event over the weekend. >> obama: when he was asked what he could do to cut spending he said he would go after public television. [ laughter ] >> obama: so for all of you moms and kids out there, don't worry, somebody is finally cracking down on big bird. elmo has made a run for the boarder. [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> obama: governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again, but he is bringing the hammer down on sesame street. >> bill: it was say something about mitt romney's a lack of connectivity, right? >> and it speaks to mitt romney still trying to apiece his conservative base. >> bill: absolutely. >> the talk about sesame street
and cutting off funding for pbs and npr was one of the hard choices that republicans would take, we have to cut that funding. and that's when big bird came out last time. and i think the pollings from back then shows that this could not be more polarizing. that people love children's television on pbs. people don't necessarily like the news coverage but kids programming, people do not want that messed with. and mitt romney has been talking about putting ads on sesame street for so long, that i don't think it appeals to his base. >> bill: and the joke is -- the
joke is he has a $5 trillion tax cut, but he is going to get rid of it from programs we shouldn't be funding and his example was pbs. >> right. >> bill: your comments on the debate, and on pbs on big bird. 866-55-press. evan is our guest here in studio. join us. >> announcer: radio meets television. the "bill press show." now on current tv. ♪ is this going to change the dynamic? (vo) the only network with real-time reaction straight from the campaigns and from viewers like you. >> so keep on tweeting and maybe you'll have your voice be part of this democracy and see your tweets up on our screen. >>now that's politically direct.
>> bill: on this tuesday, june 12, my quick parting shot for today, people in washington have a fascination with leaks. first of all, they love leaks. the bigger, the more scandalous, the better. they get off on leaks. at the same time, they hate leaks because they don't like cheaters and they're always >> bill: good morning, the one issue people are talk about out of the debate is mitt romney's promise to get rid of big bird. 81% of all kids between the ages of two and eight grew up on sesame street. and cutting all of the funding for pbs and npr would only save .00012% of the federal budget. what a big dismake. just proves out of touch with average americans mitt romney is. have a great one, folks, we'll